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stretch! is that the alarm clock? how could the alarm clock be going off right now. >> good morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. here's what's going on. a manhunt is under way for a north carolina man who planned a terrorist attack. what we know about a terrorist cell made up of mostly americans. well, investigators searched the home of michael jackson's daughter again, who reportedly gave him a powerful drug. what they may be looking for now. plus can tanning beds cause cancer? well, we're going to tell you who says yes and why. first, though, authorities are looking for an eighth member now of an alleged north carolina
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terror group. they say the suspects planned a quote, violent jihad overseas. seven others were arrested on monday on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. one of our analysts told our sister network cnn that they might have also had a closer target in mind. >> i think the reason why they wrapped up the case at this time is they were thwarted in carrying out a jihad overseas and with the massive arsenal they received, they believed it was an infidel target that could be targeted and that meant they were prepared to die in the course of carrying out suicide bombings. therefore, the possibility existed that they would train them in the united states and carry out the acts here. >> correspondent richard lui is digging in deeper. it's a frightening thing to talk about. let's talk about, first of all, how this unfolded. what do we know about the investigation? >> good morning, robin.
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investigators are not saying how they learned of this, but according to court documents they watched this guy here, the spmted ring leadering daniel patrick boyd, for three years. monday it all came to a head. more than 100 law enforcement officials, including four s.w.a.t. teams stormed boyd's home and picked up six others including his own two sons. if convicted he could face life in prison. they're expected back in court tomorrow. >> three people in one family. the town where this went down, i think for a lot of people it doesn't seem like a place where you're going to find suspected terrorists, but these are some very serious and frightening allegations. >> if it was to be a stereotypical -- we have a cop right here. it makes no direct evidence against the u.s. it went to private land in north carolina to practice military tactics, but the wife of the alleged ring leader told our
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sister cnn her husband was helping their boy scout sons with marxmanship. she says they have an ordinary family and not to rush to judgment. that goes back to what may be typical or not. >> thank you. appreciate it. we'll learn more about the family later. new details involving the search of michael jackson's doctor. d.e.a. says they looked for records at dr. murray's home in las vegas yesterday. check out the new video of murray himself outside his home after the search. remember a source told our sist sister network cnn, murray gave jackson the propofol within 24 hours before he died. >> i would suspect that law enforcement has preliminary toxicology reports. and remember, dr. murray voluntarily spoke to police twice at the beginning, a month
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ago. you put together what he told them, that they probably have preliminary tock kolgy reports, and now they're going to go back and see if they can connect the docs. >> well, we also have brand new details on how the paramedics treated jackson. a fire captain tells cnn's randi kaye that paramedics worked on him for 42 minutes at the singer's house. dr. murray decided not to immediately take jackson to the hospital. >> he took responsibility at the scene, this fire captain told me. he was in charge. he was calling the shots. he decided it was best to work on him there for 42 minutes and tried to get him breathing on the scene. the captain said when he's hopeless and not breathing there are many things the paramedics can do to get him breathing again. they gave him oxygen, medicines he would not name. nothing seemed to work. again, this was treatment that was prescribed at the scene and
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that's why he wasn't reported. >> randi kaye reporting there. meanwhile a source tells cnn a final report on awe top said and death will be released next week. earlier it was said the reports might be released this week. so that seems to have changed. swine flu might be even worse for women who are pregnant. that is new this morning from the cdc. now it says that 6% of the h1n1 deaths were related. it causes changes to the immune system that could make the flu worse. the author suggests that woman with the virus take antiviral drugs. brett favre is not coming back. at least that's what he's saying right now. here's rafer with that. >> it appears that the brett favre saga is coming to a close. he has told the vikings he is not coming to play for them. a lot of people might be
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skeptical. yes, this time there was no tearful good-bye like he gave last year. he simply called the vikings head coach and said he was done. he did not think he could physically play what was acceptable. the announcement appeared to catch the team offguard. caught me off guard. i thought he was coming back. let's see if it stays that way. >> maybe he likes the attention. i don't know. former secretary of state colin powell thinks that they could have handled gates' arrest a lot better. his response on "larry king live" is online. he said the professor who he called skip should have been more patient. >> are you saying he was wrong? >> i seem saying he might have waited for a while, come outside, talked to the officer, and that should have been the end of it.
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i think he should have reflected whether or not this was the time to make a big deal. >> powell said he was part of racial profiling including when he was national security adviser for president rag began. crowley who made the arrest and gates will meet with the president at the white house tomorrow. a close relative to the food dye that makes blue m & ms blue could be treatment for a spinal injury. they gave rats a dose of the dye and it blocked what causes damage to an injured spine. it ultimately turned the rat due. the only side effect. tests in people are still years away. >> did that rat look blue to you? >> a little bit. turned to violet beauregard from "willy wonka." >> meteorologist bob van dillen is here. i gave him an assignment. watch the rain for the weekend.
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i know it's only weekend. >> it's going to be the same player we had today. it's going to be the cold front down through the ohio valley. turns into a stationary front. real active this morning. look at this around here, around southern parts of texas. you desperately need the rain. don't think you'll get too much out of it today. look at the heavy rain, birmingham toward atlanta. a decent rain chill pulling through the appalachians, and that's going to turn severe later this afternoon around new jersey, pennsylvania, lower parts of new york state too. look around washington. scattered showers around maryland right now. a heavy downpour in chambersburg. that's in pennsylvania. that's drifting up toward the north and we'll see a lot of rain over the next 24 to 48 hours. flash flood through albany. look for as much as one to two inches of rain today, tonight, and tomorrow morning. then you get down to the south,
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and the heavy rain is already here from basically birmingham to montgomery. light showers going basically south of i-20, which is this road right here. everything, again, drifting toward the east. more of that coming up, robin, in just about a half hour. >> thank you. like the song says, "breaking up is hard to do," and if you're married it's especially hard on your health.
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our salute to the troops goes out to sergeant benjamin cassau. his family wants him to know how much they're missing him. >> hi, robin. i'm rebecca kassaw. we have a beautiful 4-month-old and beautiful 3-year-old and we both can't wait for him to come home and see us. we pray for him every day and he is our hero and we love him very
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much? and i'm sure he's missing his kids. so if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin so we can salute them. a highway sign could have really used a spell chek. take a look at this. every world was misspelled except the word exit. what the state agency in charge of the sign says -- not our fault. that story is new for you in 20 minutes. all right. divorce can have a lasting effect on your health. a new study finds that people who are divorced or widowed have 20% more chronic health decisions like heart disease or cancer than married people do. getting married reduces the health damage but doesn't erase it. also people who never marry tend to be healthier than people with a history of divorce. does that mean health officials say don't do it! the cash for clunkers program has run into a glitch
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already. people who have traded in their cars are suddenly finding out they're not eligible now. melissa long is in for jennifer westhoven today. thanks for being with us. we appreciatet. >> nice to have my alarm clock ring soarily. let me give you the basics on the story. it requires the e.p.a. to recalculate the fuel economy ratings. the trouble is they didn't finish until after the program actually started. the e.p.a. review add 86 models to the program. that's good news for some. but 78 no longer qualify. in some cases they're off by just one mile per gallon. one person who traded in a clunker says the dealer asked him to pay back the $4500 incentive or just return that new car. frustrating for that car buyer for sure. here's the good news for you this morning. nearly one in five laid off workers are getting rehired by their old bosom that is good
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news to share with you in this troubled economy. the new survey found that 18% of the people who lost their jobs landed new positions at the same company that let them go. that's up 13% from 2005. some companies are realizing they laid off too many people in the height of the economic crisis so they're rehiring their former employees for sometimes consulting or project work. sometimes it shows it's good to leave in good standing and don't burn any bridges. you're along with us for the first day. >> you have a good team. everybody is awake and live. >> for us that's part of it. for you, it's not. here's some of the stories you're watching today in the "morning express." i can't believe you guys didn't clap. what's wrong with you. president obama hosts the first of two town meetings. today he's in raleigh, north carolina, trying to sell the public on his plan for health care reform. and then at noon we're going to hear from the woman who made the
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911 call to the police on gates. at 4:00, a town meeting in bristol, virginia. twittering, it's become a way of life for so many people but could the wrong tweet actually get you sued? we're going to tell you about a expensive lawsuit that might have you thinking twice about the next message you send.
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wake-up music. 16 minutes past the hour. the debate over the president's health care plan broke down again last night and will restart today again. the so-called blue dog democrat says the proposal is way too expensive. senators are looking for way to save on medicare but the budget office says that's not likely to do much good. it could cost a trillion over 10 years. an nfl player will have his day in court today. plaxico burress is looking at possible jail time for shooting himself in the thigh. rafer has more on this story. >> big day for him, you know? >> yeah. shoot yourself in the thigh. >> i know. and possibly go to jail for itlet that's also wild. the kbrapd jury will decide whether to indict him on those
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weapons charges after doing that at a manhattan nightclub. it's going to happen this morning. his lawyers says burress will testify in front of them to give his side of the story. they say this is an unusual move to testify before a possible indictment but burress's attorney says he wanted to do this after the d.a. has been talking to tabloid papers. phil mickelson is coming back to the golf course after both his wife and mother are recovering from surgery. he took time off but he said things are going really well and he's very excited to be playing in the wgc bridgestone invitational in ohio next week. the annual tough guy come peation. hey, tough guy. where else would the whackiness be, of course? >> it's got to be england. >> of course. they had #,000 competitors do a course. there are leeches in that water.
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>> that's disgusting. >> they suffered sprains, cuts. >> what were the prizes? >> broken legs. what are the prizes? i do not know. we'll have to check on that. >> that would probably be a cheese wheel. >> no, that would be cheese rolling. and check out this crazy race. these are boats made out of cardboard and duct tape. >> you'd better be faster than that. >> this race happened every year during the salina lake festival in ohio. the winner gets a coveted duct tape trophy. >> i've been there. >> you've been there. >> to the festival. but i never saw the duct tapd boat raise. >> we give you the news. give us the views. head to cnn.com to learn how you can become an i-reporter to see stuff we didn't know about. a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over a tweet that she posted about her former
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landlord. her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the company says its good name was damaged. well, a spokesman said it discovered the tweet when it was prepared to defend itself against a separate lawsuit from the renter. some regular twitter users say they tweet with caution. >> sometimes a lot of people are -- they're not aware how much power it has when you do put something out. once it's out, you can't take it out. >> i censor what i say. i wouldn't have put anything about the job i've been on recently or anything about past boyfriends or people i dislike. >> well, the story got us thinking about the stuff that you say online. should someone be able to sue over a tweet or a blog? or a text message? or should you be able to write what you want. we shall not sue you. text your comments to hlntv.
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that's 45688ful do you need to start your text message with my name robin so it gets to us. check out this new video in new orleans. a car drove through a wall of a parking garage and flipped over and fell. paramedics found the man and women in the car. get this. they were both able to talk before they were taken to the hospital. next stop for the spate shuttle "endeavour" is home sweet home. it dokd yesterday. it totaled 30 hours. today the crew will do a final check for any damage from tiny meteor rights or space jufrpg. they're supposed to be back on earth on friday morning. a group of international cancer experts now considers tanning beds as deadly as arsenic, so the world health organization is declaring them a probable carcinogen or cause of cancer. new analysts or new analysis of
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20 studies found that people who use tanning beds before the age of 30 increase their cancer risk by 75%. but the head of the tanning bed trade association says responsible use has never been linked to skin cancer.
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an eighth member of an alleged north carolina terror group. they say the suspects planned a quote, violent jihad, overseas. seven others were arrested in raleigh on monday on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. next up, sotomayor. they have approved her nomination to the supreme court. at least five gop senators have said they'll vote for her making sotomayor's confirmation nearly certain. more troops could be needed in afghanistan. that's from a seen yore military official who said the top military commander could ask the president for more troops for
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intelligence and help handle roadside bombs. the defense secretary says he's open to sending more troops if necessary. those are some of the headlines. good morning. how are you? i know you're tired. let's try to get going anyway. i'm robin meade. we told you yesterday about the search of the home and office of doctor michael jac's doctor. dr. conrad murray allegedly gave propropal to jackson in the 24 hours before jac's death. murray's attorney said murray never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. dr. sanjay gupta takes you inside the operating room to show you how quickly the drug works. >> ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. >> wow. the patient stopped breathing shortly after he was given a drug and he had to be given a
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breathing tube. that's the dangerous part of the drug. that's why doctors say it should only be used in hospitals. the by the way, the patient is fine. he is awake and had no complications. there is a man hunt happening right now for a suspected terrorist from north carolina. he's one of eight people suspected of planning aan tack. authorities say this man daniel patrick boyd is the ring leader. correspondent richard lui, what do we know about him? >> good morning, robin. federal authorities say boyd is a u.s. citizen and the son of a marine but they also say his roots in terrorism run deep. according to documents when boyd was in pakistan and afghanistan back in the early '90s he trained this terrorist camps and fought against the soviets. the indictment says he spent three years traveling to the middle east, secretly buying guns and leading a group of men planning to kidnap and kill people. that's skruft some of the acts here. >> the arrests shook up a quiet community outside of raleigh, north carolina, where he lived.
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>> people who know boyd described him as a quiet, family-oriented man. they say, kwoetd, if he's a terrorist, he's the nicest terrorist i every met in my life. he and others were practicing military tactics in north carolina but his wife says he was helping the boy scout sons with target practice. >> one of the merit badges they use to become an eagle scout and so it wouldn't be beyond it for him to take them out and do target practice. it's not unusual. >> now, boyd has not been able to talk to her husband since his arre arrest. she's proud of him and of being muslim. >> we see her in traditional dress. >> right. in traditional dress. you know, a new jersey mayor arrested in a massive corruption investigation has resigned. an attorney representing elwell says it doesn't mean his client is guilty. meanwhile a political consultant arrested in the same investigation was found dead at
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his home last night. a prosecutor says it's unclear how jack shaw died but it was not homicide. 44 people were arrested last week for allegedly taking bribes. >> airlines could get a wake-up call today when it comes to your safety. the wall street journal reports the house lawmakers will introduce abu keeping sleeping and inexperienced pilots from flying. it would force airlines to adjust the pilots' schedules and beef uf training which obviously wouldn't be cheap. the bill is in response to a deadly plane crash last february in buffalo. the people in charge of road signs in wisconsin could have really used a spellcheck. this highway sign had three words misspelled on it. the word "business," plus the names of two tounlts. the only word spelled kregly was "exit." >> it's funny. because they administer programs for these preliminary breath
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tests we use for alcohol. maybe they could give one to the company and have them check out some of their employees when they come in in the morning. >> look at him. he's smiling about it. the spelling errors have been fixed. even "business." >> i know. that's business. new york state spell s ske neck telldy right. >> it's a devent shot of heavy rain. they needed it across the appalachians. areas like the virginia mountain, north carolina mountains coming out of the smokies but the rain shield is. going out of pennsylvania, back into ohio and ontario and even detroit. as far north as there seeing light rainfall now. the whole area is going to fill in with showers and big-time thundershowers later on this afternoon. nice impulse riding up the mountains. so watch for that to produce a lot of rain as well. what you're going to get around
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the hudson valley, parts of massachusetts, lower vermont and lower parts in connecticut. it goes all the way down to north eastern jersey, bergen county. watch for that. that's one aspect. the other aspect is going to be the severe weather we find later this afternoon. as that approaches in toward eastern pennsylvania, lower parts of maryland, big thunderstorms are going to develop. isolated tornados are going to develop. that looks like evening stuff. heavy rain south of birmingham, in toward month gonery. trying to stret in toward birmingham. most of it slides down to the south, but more of that pops out today. out west it's been the heat. let me show you video from port lands, oregon. an area that rarely sees 100 temperatures yesterday broke a temperature of 105, 107 around the region. yesterday, same thing. i think your highs are going to get back down into the # 0s by this weekend. but today, tomorrow, extremely
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hot. even seattle, rob p, 100 is the forecast. >> so they've had it for a long time. >> the west coast has been baking and the east coast has been extremely cold, buffalo through new york. just rough stuff. more happcoming up. >> you can go up to the ladies. ladies, how you doing. >> do you know how clean your favorite spa really is? a-ha.
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today the homeland security department will televisors about the possible outbreak of the swine flu. there's a proposal to set up
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regional teams of military personnel to help civilian authoritiesful that would include things like air transport or testing viral samples. the defense secretary robber earth gates has not signed off on the plan. pollution is a big problem on the beach in america and a new report says that the biggest sources of contamination are storm water and sewage run-off. now, researchers for the natural resources defense council monitored the beaches along the pacific, atlantic, and gulf coast, as well as the great lakes. the waters along the great lakes were the dirtiest. oh, man. a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over a tweet that she posted about her former landlord. her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the company says its good name was damaged. a spokesperson said it discovered the tweet when it was prepared to defend itself against a separate lawsuit from
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them. one says they tweet with caution. >> people are not aware of how much power it has once you do put something out. once you put it out, you can't take it back. >> i would censor everything i say. i wouldn't put anything out there about a recent job interview or past boyfriend or people i don't like. it got us thinking about the things you say online. should people be able to tweet over a tweet or a blog comment or should you be able to write whatever you want? one viewer texted we should be able to tweet what we want. what has happened to freedom of speech. we are slowly losing autd of our rights from what we say to what we eat. this viewer says a person should definitely tweet using discretion. now, we give you news. you give us your views. text your comments to hlntv. that's 45688. you do have to stuart your text -- i almost said twet -- with the name robin or it won't
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get to us. you can e-mail us, if you prefer to do that. go to cnn.com/robin if you prefer to do that. now, a house committee has passed a so-called stay-on bay -- stay-on-pay bill. melissa long got up early and is in for jennifer. i think a lot of us would like to say how much people get paid when it comes to balg out it. >> would not set pay limits but shareholders at any publicly traded company would get a vote on how much their executives should make. it would be nonbinding but it could put a lot of pressure on company management. the full house is expected to pass the bill this week. experts say it could be on the president's desk by the fall. 23 companies already have the "say on pay" agreements, aflac as well as verizon.
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the "wall street journal" and associated press announcing they could announce a partnership deal. you may not notice a difference but yahoo! has reportedly agreed to use most's bing technology. they have a better chance of gaining the market share from google. robin? >> thank you. appreciate it. one georgia company is still lapping up clients. stephanie elam has this story in the small business success. >> good dog. >> suzie used to be a stand-up comedian in l.a. like many struggling actors she had to find a side job, so she turned to her passion for pets. >> i always trained dogs. i did it for every ebb for free. i didn't realize there was an income to be made from it if i pursued it more. >> reporter: in 2002 she moved to georgia and started atlanta dog trainer. getting certified to train was
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just the beginning. she quickly realized there was a lot more to learn. >> i went to a lot of seminars and sales. nothing to do with sales, just to sell. >> reporter: suzie put herself ahead of the pack by offering different services, such as aggressive training, ajill tilt. >> i thought of something visual that people can see. service has to have reputation. >> reporter: suzie says word of mouth is important to her business. >> one bad thing goes to 100 people, one good thing goes to ten. so you've got to keep getting those ten people. >> great ideas. if you're a small business ownering we'd love to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. upload a video report and share your tips. why some say it was his swimsuit's fault.
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there is a warning about some nutritional sup plnts this morning as you're dolling yours out. "the new york times" reports that some fda says some body-building products may contain steroids or steroid-like substances. there have been reports of liver and kidney failure. they do not know how many products the warnings cover but you should be aware. get more details at cnn.com/robin. president obama wants both sides from the arrest of the harvard professor to sit down, have a beer, and talks things out. conan o'brien says tossing back a couple may not be such a good idea. >> president obama, of course,
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everyone knows has invited henry lewis gates and the police officer to the white house for a beer. of course the last time he got a beer in him he bought general motors. >> the president will sit down with gates and the police officer at the white house tomorrow. michael phelps suffered his first major law in the pool in years but was it because of him or his swimsuit? there's so much talk about swimsuits. hi, rafer. >> fortunately all that talk is going to be over eventually. but right now to michael phelps' credit he's not blaming himself but the suit. he took second to german paul biedermann in the freestyle two-liter championships. biedermann even beat his world
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record but he acknowledged his new high-tech suit which is all polyurethene might have helped him beat it. it's going to be fun when he's back to swimming again. chad ocho cinco is going to defy the nfl by using twitter. he's going to take it to the next game even though the nfl has a very strict policy over having devices during the games. meanwhile joe patierno will not tweet. he's the winningest coach. he made it pretty clear about it. >> twidle-do, twidle-de. i ain't got the slightest idea what the hell you're looking at either. >> so i guess the players will not be twittering during games. >> now, this is an amazing catch from the fans. he makes a catch while holding
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his son. one more time. look at the kid. what's up with that, dad? afterward, yeah, that is big leagues. this was league. the diamondbacks phillies game, and he gives the ball to his son. and brett favre, his decision whether to play football. we'll have it in about 15 minutes. >> he has made a decision. like the skies opened up. ah! thank you. a new way to buy brand name stuff that you use every day. "hln" money expert clark howard tell us about a new website where you can save time and money. >> do you know something? americans are johnny come lately to the idea of buying store brands in the supermarket. a little recession goes a long way. kroger's, the nation's second largest market chain, reported recently in their quarterly report that more than one in three items bought in the store were store brand. well, the brand name manufacturers are hurting. it's a big retailers' pushing
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their private labels, their store brands more and more, they're looking for a way to reach you. now there's a new website, a beta, a test, experiment, called howmuch.coal. go check it out if you buy even just some brand names, because you can buy those brand names at howmuch.com cheaper than anywhere else. you go there, register, get all kinds of instant online coupon, instant savings and the buy the same brand names that you already bought. i'm clark howard with more ways for you to get big deals. go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> save more, spend less, avoid getting ripped off on saturday and sundays right here on "hln." a little girl had to go to the hospital after eating candy tainted with a powerful painkiller. what officials are saying about how the girl got the candy. ú
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good morning! i wish you could hear the talk that goes on here during kpeshl commercials. i don't know how you have self-et stape, all the ribbing you give each other. i'm robin meade. i will give you self-es sfeem. you will have a great day today. a manhunt is underway for a north carolina man who allegedly planned a terrorist attack. what we know now about a suspect the terror cell mostly made up of americans. searching the home of michael jackson's doctor again who reportedly gave him a powerful drug. what they may be looking for now. plus, can tanning beds cause cancer? we'll tell hue says yes and why. you know, authorities are
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looking for an eighth member of an alleged north carolina terror group. nep say the suspect planned "a violent jihad overseas." several others arrested in raleigh monday on charges of supporting terrorists on conspiracy toy commit murder abroad. they might have also had a closer target in mind. >> i think the reason why they wrapped up the case at this point was that they were thwarted in carrying out jihad overseas, and with the arsenal they collected, a massive arsenal, they believed the u.s. was an infidel country that could be targeted and swore to martyrdom and that meant they were prepared to die in the course of carries owl suicide bombing. therefore, the possibility exists they would train their ire on the united states and carry out attacks here. >> well, richard lui is digging deeper into the story. first, how did this unfold? do we know and do we know why
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right now? >> reporter: monday is when this all came to a head. with more than 100 law enforcement officials including four s.w.a.t. teams stormed boyd's home and picked up two others including his two son. authorities aren't saying how they learned of the alleged conspiracy pip according to court documents they've been watching here, the suspected ringleader you see here, daniel patrick boyd, full name. if convicted they could face life in prison. expected back in court here, robin, tomorrow. >> the town this went down. willow spring, north carolina. for most, i don't think they would say, oh, this is a place where we have home-grown terrorists? >> reporter: right. what we know, we got a copy of the indictment, going flew this morning. one claim it makes is that the group stockpiled weapons over the past year but the wife of the alleged ringleader says only responding to news reports that guns and ammunition were becoming scarce. >> i will say that we do have --
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we do own guns in our home, as our constitutional right allows us, and i don't think there's a crime in that. >> reporter: authorities also claim boyd and one of his sons traveled to israel to wage holy war and boyd's wife, who you just listened to there, just wanted to pray in jerusalem for another son who had died in a car crash. >> think about her. one son died in a car crash, two arrested along with her husband. wow. her life is just turned upside down. >> reporter: tough situation. >> richard, thank you. new details about the latest searches involving michael jackson's doctor. the dea says investigators looked for computer records and documents at dr. conrad murray's las vegas office yesterday. check out the new video after the search. remember, a source told our sister network cnn that marie gave jackson propofol in the 24 hours before jackson died. murray's attorney has said that
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the doctor never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. >> i would suspect law enforcement has preliminary toxicology results. remember, the doctor spoke to police at the begins a month ago. put together what they told him, they probably have preliminary toxicology results, and now go back and see if they can connect the dots between the medications listed in the tox results and dr. murray. brand new details how paramedics treated jackson. a fire kpt tells cnn randi kaye that paramedics worked on him 42 minutes at the house. he says dr. murray decided not to immediately take jackson to the hospital. >> he took responsibility at the scene, this fire captain told me. he was in charge, calling the shots and decide and determined it was best for them to work on him there for the 42 minutes and try and get him breathing at the scene. a patient is not breathing, many
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things paramedics can do to try to get the heartbeat again. they gave him oxygen, medicines he would not name. nothing seemed to work, but, again, this is treatment that was prescribed at the scene. that's why he wasn't transported. >> meanwhile a source tells cnn final toxicology and autopsy reports on jackson's death will be released next week. remember earlier the l.a. coroner's office said the reports might be released this week. swine flu might be worse for women who are pregnant. new this morning from the cdc. it says that 6% of h1n1 deaths it's investigated were among pregnant women. apparently pregnancy causes changes in the immune system that could make the flu worse. the authors of a study suggests that pregnant women with the virus should take anti-viral drug. former secretary of state colin powell thinks that harvard professor henry gates could have handled the arrest better.
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powell's response on "larry king live" is popular. the police escalated the situation beyond a reasonable leve level. he says gates should have been more patient. >> i'm saying that he might have waited a while. come outside, talked to the officer, and that might have been the end of it. i think he should have reflected on whether or not this was the time to make that big a deal. >> powell also said that he has been the victim of racial profiling including when he was a national security adviser to president reagan. gates and sergeant james crowley, the officer who made the arrest will meet with president obama at the white house tomorrow. let me check on your time here. how are you at six minutes after the hour? brett favre is not coming back. at least that's what he's saying today. here with a little more is ray on that. bob is saying, hey, only 7:02 in the morning. you have time. >> time to change his mind, robin.
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you know what? this saga appears to be coming to a close. he told the vikings that's it. i'm not coming back to play for you but i understand why people are skeptical. we all remember this moment, of course. >> i've given everything i possibly can give to this organization to the game of football, and i don't think i've got anything left to give, and that's it. >> then, of course, they have some left to give. this time, no tearful good-bye. called the vikings head coach and didn't think physically he could play at a level that was acceptable. appeared to catch the team off guard. we will see if it stick. caught me off guard. i thought he was coming back. >> see how much nicer his refirmt would have been had he stayed retired? he guess away and there's no fanfare. >> right. >> thank you. a close relative of the food dye that makes blue m&ms blue could also about treatment for spinal court injuries. interesting. researchers at university of rochester gave rats a dose of the dye and it helped block
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inflammation that continued to damage an injured spine. also turned some of the rats blue. the only notable side effects. see that one? people are still years away. testing people. come on. a black and white photo. right? >> no. that really was -- that was real? >> yeah. be like the little -- little finger was blue. yeah. i didn't see the fur so much blue, but -- his ears were blue. >> only temporary. >> temporary! could you imagine the mornings for that? >> temporarily turns you blue. >> the warnings. >> exactly. good morning. >> good morning opinion. what's happening now. good old-fashioned thunderstorms across central texas. if this would hold towards austin and san antonio, it would help you out. you won't get much out of it, unfortunately. a thunderstorm warning down
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i-20. you see there, winds gusting to about 60 miles per hour. looking at as it continues to move on through the fort worth area. about there. and the scattered showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon. heavy rain pulling through the appalachians towards the ohio valley. and light rain around central indiana getting in towards detroit, too. the heaviest rain so far is not around washington. that radar is coming out particularly now, a couple showers and thunderstorms across western parts of pennsylvania making it towards new york state later today. one or two inches of rain is how much you'll get. and watches posted from basically the entire hudson valley. open up the picture farther, out to the west, a cold front later today as that impulse comes right out of the appalachians. thunderstorm as good bet. isolated tornado as well maybe. down south looking at rain. in atlanta right now, cloudy skies are out there. a decent shot of showers last night. the bank of america tower off to the left poking into the clouds.
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low clouds now. anticipate delays at the airport. robin will have those details in about ten minutes. >> cloudy. >> a little rough. >> thank you. like the song said, "breaking up is lard to do." if married it may be especially hard on your health when you break up.
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we always stop and salute the troops. in iraq on a second deployment in 2 1/2 years. his family wants him to know how much they're missing him. >> hi, robin. this is rebecca and this salute goes out to my husband, we have a beautiful 4-month-old and a beautiful 3-year-old, and we both just can't wait for him to come home and see us. we pray for him every day, and he is our hero. and we love him very much. >> and it looks like the family is missing him. if you have somebody in the service, we'd be happy to have you salute them.
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go to cnn.com/robin. divorce can have a lasting affect on your let. a new study finds people that are divorced or widowed have 20% more chronic health conditions, like heart disease or cancer than married people do. getting remarried reduces the health damage, but it doesn't erase. also, people who never marry tend to be healthier than people who have a history of divorce. not like the doctor's going, "don't do it!" the clunker program ran into its first blitz on people who already traded in their old cars. finding out they're not eligible now. that doesn't sound right. in for jennifer westhoven, thank you for being here. what's the deal on the glitch? >> reporter: the glitch, the rules changed, as you mentioned, since people have purchased their cars. the cash for clunkers bill. requiring the epa to recalculate
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the fuel economy ratings more than 30,000 vehicle. they didn't finish until after the program actually started. the epa review added 86 models to the program. again, added. but took away as well 78 no longer kwfring. in some cases off by one mile per gallon. one person traded in a clunker and the dealer asked him to pay back that $4,500 incentive or return the car and get his old one back. nearly 3.4 million jobs have already been lost in the first half of '09 alone. good news. a bad economy. new research shows one in five laid off workers are actually getting rehired by their old employers. companies are realizing they laid off too many people in the height of the crisis. the firm conducting the research says former employees know how the company works and are able to jump back in quickly. don't burn any bridges if you are departing your employer. would you be will be to pay a tax on fattening foods if it helped pay for health care reform in the u.s.? a new study suggests 10% federal
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tax on things like chips and soda could raise more than $500 billion over a decade. the authors stay would also help curb obesity rates. what about the credit? they say the tax would have a disproportionate affect on low income families and so far lawmakers haven't jumped at the idea. of course, a lot of people are watching "hln" from the airports this morning. so they want to know if they're going to be stuck there for longer than anticipated i. think so. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> good to see you early. more showers across the east. new york city, tip of the iceberg with delays unfortunately. jfk, the only one reporting a del delay. a ground stoppage the next 15 minutes most likely you'll see delays continue to get up there. what it looks like. the bulk of the rain south of the mason dixon. a couple showers through pennsylvania. some off the shores of atlantic city. that's only the tip of the iceberg, like i said. city metro, philly, d.c., and
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more delays. charlotte and thunderstorms later today. same with cleveland and detroit, cincinnati and denver also san francisco. yesterday a 73-minute delay due to fog right around there this morning. about hour, burns off by 1:00. more details on that in a bit. airport security didn't like what a boy was trying to bring home from disney world. you may be surprise wlad he couldn't get past security. may
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decision. airport security confiscated a kid's toy from his first trip to disney world. trying to bring home a "pirates of the caribbeans" sword, lightsaber and gun. the agent the as fort lauderdale took away two of the toys. she likes feeling safe but that went too far. >> you have to use common sense. clearly, these two agents used no common sense. >> well, the tsa says the family could have had the toys in their checked baggage or mailed them home from any security checkpoint. a new jersey mayor arrested in a massive corruption investigation has resigned all of a sudden, and an attorney representing dennis elwell says it doesn't mean that his client is guilty. people in the town reacted, though. >> i'm glad he resigned. it's the best thing he could have did. >> he's in a tough situation. we just wish him well. you know?
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>> i don't think under that cloud of suspicion, so i'm very happy and i think it's the best thing for all of seacaucus. >> meanwhile, a political consultant arrested in the same investigation was found dead at his home last night. it's unclear how jack shaw died but it was not homicide. 44 people were arrested last week for allegedly taking bribes. an adult player will have his day in court. plaxico burress looking at jailtime for shooting himself in the thigh. we have more on that. >> not the smartest thing to do and it absolutely could send him to jail. now a grand jury will look into deciding his fate. facing felony gun charges answers looking at maybe three years in jail. h lawyer says he'll testify to give him side of the story. an unusual move.
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his attorney wanted to do this after the d.a. has been talking about this dice a local newspaper. taking it to a public forum. phil mickelson is coming back to the golf course after both his wife and mother are recovering from breast cancer surgery. they were both diagnosed with the disease, but says things are going very well for both of them and excited he'llen playing in the bridgestone invitational in akron, ohio next week. time for wackiness. hey, tough guy. it's the summer tough guy competition. the 12th edition, in, of course, england. about 3,500 competitors over a six-mile course, grueling obstacles. there were leetches in that pon. 27 people were treated at a local hospital for this. and the winner -- gets the title of tough guy. >> that's all you get? >> that's all. and your name in the paper.
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>> 27 people went to the hospital noor? >> check this out. >> one -- go for it! >> boats made out of cardboard and duct tape. that's it. the race happens every year during the lake festival in ohio. the winner gets a coveted duct tape trophy. more than the tough guy gets. you give us the news we give you your views. learn how you can become an i-reporter. >> did they sink in the boat contest? a. couple people did. >> only stay up so long. check out this video. a car drove through a con crete wall of a parking garage and flipped over and dropped four stories on to the building next door. local reports say that paramedics found a man and woman in a car and both were able to talk before being taken to the hospital. a twitter post could cost a woman $50,000.
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>> an expensive lawsuit that might have you thinking about your next tweet. an eighth membe
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north carolina terror group nep say the suspect planned a "violent jihad"over seas. seven others arrested monday in raleigh on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy toy commit murder abroad. next up, the full senate for judge sonia sotomayor. her nomination approved. the 13-6 vote mostly down party lines. at least five gop senators said they'll vote for her making sotomayor's confirmation nearly certain. more troops to be needed in afghanistan. that is from a senior military official who said that the top u.s. commander there could soon ask the president for more troops to gather intelligence
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and help handle roadside bombs. the defense secretary has said he's open to sending more troops if necessary. hulk hogan and his wife are officially divorced. the couple and their attorneys have been fighting over a settlement for months. sometimes in public, but now the wrestler and his wife, ex-wife, linda, say they just want to get on with their lives. in terms of the settlement were not disclosed. some of the headlines we're working on this morning and also working on waking you up. bright color nap should help a little bit. 31 past the hour. i'm robin meade. we told you about searches yesterday at the home and office of michael jackson's doctor, in las vegas. a source tells our sister network cnn that dr. conrad murray allegedly gave jackson propofol in the 24 hours before michael jackson's death. murray's attorney has said that the doctor flavor gave jackson anything that should have killed hill. we went into the operating room to show you how quickly this powerful drug works.
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>> ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. >> well, the patient stopped breathing shortly after he was given the drug and they had to put in a breathing tube, part of the dang eer of this drug and why doctors say it should only be used in hospitals. that patient is fine, awake and has no complications. and this from the secretary of defense that troops could leave iraq faster than expected. according to the associated press, robert gates says that one combat brigade could come out of iraq ahead of schedule, but he's not give an precise timetable. all u.s. troops are expected to leave iraq by the end of 2011. gates arrived in iraq yesterday visiting troops who were serving mainly as advisers to iraqi forces. there is a manhunt happening right now as we speak for a suspected terrorist from north carolina.
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he is one of eight people suspected of planning an attack. authorities say that this man, daniel patrick boyd, is the group's ringleader. core tonight richard lui, what do we know about the fella? >> reporter: authorities are saying 39-year-old boyd is a u.s. citizen and the son of a marine, worked a as a drywall contractor in a rural town outside raleigh, north carolina but investigators believe his roots in terrorism run deep. boyd trained at they're rift camps in pakistan and fought against the soviets in afghanistan from 1989 to 1992. seems like a dichotomy of characteristics. >> the rest really shook up the town, the arrest, outside the town of north carolina where he lives. >> reporter: people described him as quiet family oriented man. if he's a terrorist, he's the nicest terrorist i ever met in my life, end quote. boyd's wife had not been able to talk to her husband since his
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arrest bud says here she's proud of him and her son,ality arrested. maintained their innocence. take a listen. >> i know that my husband and my son are free of guilt, and i'm hopeful that the truth will come to light. >> reporter: she described them as an ordinary family here, robin, and asked the public to withhold judgment for now. >> thank you so much, richard. obviously, you'll be on top of anything new developing in that story. and the homeland security department today will tell house lawmakers how it's preparing for a possible outbreak of the swine flu this fall and we've learned of one plan from the u.s. military pap proposal to set up regional teams of military personnel to help civilian authorities nap would include things like air transport or testing viral samples. defense secretary robert gates has not signed off on the plan. 34 minutes past the hour. for a lot of us, it's a time of
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summer when the air is very, very heavy. very still, and believe it or not in a few week, the kids will be back in school. go figure! >> i know. >> that's a regional thing. folks walking through the northwest and northeast, after labor day, right, for you guys? the southeast, it's two weeks into august. >> my wife and i are counting down the days. two more weeks. yeah. what's up, robin? this weather brought to you by zyrtec. what's happen? big pockets of rain around the country. one particular one across western texas. light rain around dallas. the squall line headed down to the west of you. hopefully that makes it into san antonio and austin as heavy rainmaker, scattered showers desperately needs the rain. birmingham and noornlg in georgia, steady rain up out of can't can and tennessee. now the rest of the appalachians in towards western pennsylvania and this is going to pick up steam over the next couple hours. the impulse rides up to the north. scattered showers around washington, d.c.
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light rain possibly towards western and central pennsylvania, but that whole rain shield moves into the northeast and the mid-atlantic states over the next couple hours. through the day today, tonight, tomorrow morning, one to two inches of rain today around areas from the hudson valley down to jersey. western parts of basically massachusetts and connecticut, too. slight chance of severe thunderstorms out there today. isolated tornadoes are a possibility anywhere you see in red. large hail, gusting winds out of those thunderstorms too. down south, farther, the squall line south of birmingham now in towards montgomery and in atlanta, rain showers that move in towards central georgia, but looks like the scattered showers popping up with day time heating and sea breezes for areas down south by florida. live to miami. what it looks like. sticky the last couple days. high today, low 90s. the humidity and dew point is in the 70s making it feel like about 101 today. hot again in miami. scattered showers and thunderstorms coming in. right now, relatively dry.
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relatively i say because it's still early outside. at least it's not raining yet. >> there we go. when i lived in miami, you go outside and it's so wet, that you actually get cold when the breeze comes. >> i know. rain starts falling, too. >> michael phelps' lost a major race for the first time in years, but some are blaming the swimsuit.
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you know, here are some of the stories we're waging already
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in the morning express planner. at 11:55 a.m. eastern president obama hosts a first of two town meetings. today in raleigh, north carolina. trying to sell the public on his plan for health care reform. at noon we're hear from a woman who made the 911 call that sent the police to the home of harvard professor henry louis gates jr. at 4:10 eastern, the second of those presidential town hall meetings on health care. this one in virginia. a group of international cancer experts now considers tanning beds as deadly as arsonic. so the world health organization is declaring them a probable carcinogen or cause of cancer. new analysis of 20 studies found that people who use tanning beds before they were 30 increased their cancer risks by 75%. now, the head of the tanning bed trade association said responsible use has never been linked to skin cancer. executive paychecks outraged
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sewed many people. maybe you during the crisis. millions of dollar, look how much money xwaunlderred? now, a so-called stay on pay bill. put the paychecks up for a vote. melissa long is in for jennifer. does that mean that we can help decide who gets paid what? >> we, if you happen to be a shareholder. comes down to the shareholders. right now lawmakers are voting to potentially give shareholders the right to vote about how much a ceo should take home when it comes to salary and bonuses. the bill wouldn't set pay limits but shareholders at any publicly traded company would, again, get that vote. so the vote, i should point out, would be non-binding but could pressure company management. this wouldn't be a first. the uk, australian and sweden already embrace this concept as well as 23 u.s. companies, aflac and verizon. experts say the bill could be on the president's desk by the fall. two rivals teaming up trying to take on going's. the "wall street journal" and
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associated press reported yahoo! and microsoft could announce a partnership deal as soon as today. together they stand a better chance of gaining market share from google. yahoo! has reportedly agreed to use microsoft's search engine technology. yes, searching express and the lovely robin meade pops up pup won't notice any big changes on their website. robin? >> thank you. a legacy in pop-up. it's only natural, it's summer. do you know how clean your favorite watering hole is? by that i mean beach. x
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a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over a tweet she posted about her former landlord. her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the company says its good name was damped. it sdoberrd the tweet preparing to defend itself against several lawsuits from the lender. regular users say they now tweet with caution. >> a lot of times a lot's people are not aware how much pow ter
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has. once it's out you can't take it back. >> i usually krens censor what i say. i wouldn't put on anything about a job interview or anything about past boyfriends or people i dislike. >> a smart move. what do you think? should someone be able to sue over a tweet or how about a blog comment or text that did you? or should you be able to write whatever you darn well please? one viewer texted, the only problem with freedom of speech and tweeting, one has the ability to wrongly defame another and remain anonymous. a coward's tool. steph in bloomfield hills, michigan, e-mails people are going to do whatever they want on twitter. but in some cases i guess a person could get really out of line and hurt another person's reputation. text your comment no suing to hlntv and start your message with my name, robin, or it won't come to us. okay?
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pollution is a big problem. on america's beach, and new report says the biggest source of the contamination are storm water and sewage runoff. researchers for the natural resources defense council monitor beaches along the pacific, atlantic and the gulf coast and the great lakes. the waters along the great lakes were the defendantiest. the dirtiest. those are the one we call freshwater. michael phelps suffered a shocking loss. some wonder, was it his fault or was it the swimsuit? in the debate, it's gotten out of control. to phelps' credit he's not blaming the suit just himself. the guy he lost to from germany is on the right, wearing a newer suit experts say make one glide through the water and biedermann not only beat phelps, he smashed his world record. phelps' mom showing disgust.
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all high-tech swimsuits will be banned in 2010. they're pretty happy about that. a clash brewing in the nfl. a radio station was told he vows to defy the league. i deny you, and tweet during games this year. the nfl has a strict policy of no wireless device on the sidelines during games. we'll see what happens. meanwhile, the winningest coach in major college football, 81-year-old joe paterno of penn state not a fan of the twitter. here's why. >> twittle do, twittle dee, whatever. i haven't got the slightest idea what the hell you're looking at. send me a love letter, will you? >> ah, send me a love letter. love joe pa. an amazing catch from a fan. carlos of the phillies fouls it off. watch the fan grab it and make the catch with his kid in hand. one more time. here it is. grabs it bare handed. the son is like -- what's up, dad? what do you got there for me?
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and he would give the ball to his son. that's a look at sports. brett favre made a decision whether he'll play football. that isn't about 20 minutes. >> please! still talking about it. but he's made a decision, finally. >> after this. >> thanks. there is a way to find brand name stuff you use every day. clark howard tells you about a new website where you can save time and money. >> do you know something? americans are johnny come latelies to the ideas of buying store brands in the supermarket. a little bit of recession goes a long way. kroger'ses, the nation's second largest supermarket chain reported recently in their quarterly report more than one in three items bought in the store were store brand. well, the brand name manufacturers have heard it. it's a big researcher's pushing their store labels they're looking for a way to reach you. a new website, it's a beta.
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check it out if you buy even some brand name. you can buy the brand names at howmuch.com, especially right now, cheaper than i've been annal to find them anywhere else. you go there and register. you get all kinds of instant online coupons, instant savings. and you buy the same brand names that you already bought. i'm clark howard for more ways for you to get big deals go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. clark will teach you to save more, spechbd less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern saturday and sundays right here on "hln." oh, bobby! are they going to have -- an oh, my stars day or a good one? >> pretty bad. let me show you what it looks like outside of atlanta, the power cam. a lot of low clouds.
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had showers into the city itself. raining just around the airport. ground stoppage at atl right now until 8 350shgs. that delay sabre flight explorer, not just raining across the deep south, scattered showers working toward pennsylvania near philadelphia. bethlehem and jfk and laguardia and newark, rain headed in that direction, which is bad, especially in an afternoon for the summer when you're trying to get away. filly, d.c., dallas, one hour or more. boston and charlotte, 30 minutes to an hour. and more storms, cleveland, detroit, cincinnati, denver, heavy rain there, too. san fan, morning fog, 30 minutes to an hour. so a tough day to travel, specifically east coaster. more in just about ten minutes. >> all right. the people in charge of printing road signs in wisconsin, bob, they could have used a spell check. this highway sign had three words misspelled on it. okay. not only the word business, but the names of the two towns.
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the only thing spelled the right way was exit. wisconsin d.o.t. blamed the contractor. >> it's funny, because the department of transportation actually administers these programs that are breath tests for alcohol. and maybe they could give one to the company and have them check out some of their employees when they come in the morning. >> at least he is good-natured about it. >> yeah, claiming they were liquored up. i don't doubt that. you see sometimes around the country they're totally spelled correctly like skenektity, new york. business spelled wrong. >> b-u-i-s-n-e-s-s. >> at least there wasn't a d in there. >> the spelling errors, by the way, have now been fixed. next up for the space shultttle "endeavour," home swe home. the mission yesterday included five space walks totalling 30 hours, and they also fixed a broken toilet.
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today the crew will do a final check for damage from meet rites. they'll back on friday morning. a girl had to go to the hospital after eating some candy tainted with a powerful pain killer. what officials are saying about how she got it! 0!!!11qppxxxx÷
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time for you to rise and shine. i know, it's right in the middle of the week. sometimes the hardest day. i'm robin meade. morning sunshine. a manhunt is happening right now for a suspected terrorist from north carolina. and this. . >> i think he should have reflected on whether or not this was the time to make that big a deal. former defense secretary colin powell is talking about the controversial arrest of an african-american harvard professor. you're going to hear who he says could have handled it better! and this. there is a problem in the cash for clunkers program. wait until you hear about the glitch and what it could cost you. authorities are looking for an eighth member now of an alleged north carolina terror group.
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now, they say the suspects' plan to quote, violate jihad overseas. seven were arrested monday on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. one analyst says they could have eventually committed attacks in the united states. but a neighbor of the suspected ring leader daniel boyd just isn't buying it. >> if he's a terrorist, he's the nicest terrorist i've ever met in my life. i don't think he is. >> i think it has something to do with his father dying. because he didn't grow his beard until after his brother started dying, and after that, he didn't wave to us anymore. >> they had all sworn to be martyrs. they had all sworn to be -- carry out jihad operations. and they had all sworn their hatred of the united states. >> well, we're learning more about the very serious and frightening allegations against this group from court documents. correspondent richard lui is looking through those, and he joins us here in about 15 minutes. there are new details this
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morning involving the latest searches involving michael jackson's doctor. the dea says that investigators looked for computer records and documents at doctor conrad murray's home yesterday. check out video of murray outside his home after the search. now, remember, a source told our sister network, cnn, that murray gave jackson the anesthetic propofol in the 24 hours before he died. murray's attorney has said the doctor never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. >> the strength of the prosecutions case is propofol. if that's what was in michael jackson's system, if doctor murray can be proven to have given him propofol in a home, which is clearly against all reasonable medical thinking, it's supposed to be in a hospital, there is supposed to be artificial ventilation, the patient should be monitored at all times, then he really i think is in legal jeopardy, because that's beyond the pail that any medical professional would recommend. >> the source tells us that
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final toxicology results will be available next week. earlier the coroner's office said the reports might be released this week. swine flu might be even worse for women who are pregnant. that is new this morning from the cdc. it says that 6% of the h1n1 deaths that it has investigated were among pregnant women. apparently, pregnancy causes changes in the immune system that could make the flu worse. the authors of the study suggest that pregnant women with the virus take antiviral drugs. former secretary of state, colin powell, thinks that cambridge police and harvard professor henry gates could have handled his arrest a lot better. powell is popular right now on cnn.com. he says the police escalated the situation beyond a reasonable level, but that professor gates should have been more patient. >> there is no african-american in this country who has not been exposed to this kind of situation. do you get angry? yes. do you manifest that anger?
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you protest. you try to get things fixed. but it's kind of a better course of action to take it easy and don't let your anger make the current situation worse. >> well, powell also said that he has been a victim of racial profiling, including when he was national security advisor to president reagan. gates and sergeant james crowley, the officer who made the arrest, are going to meet with president obama at the white house tomorrow. iraqi investigators are trying to figure out who is behind a deadly million-dollar bank robbery in baghdad. police say the robbers killed eight security guards yesterday, and made off with $7 million. it is the second such robbery in a week. police say the robbers are probably militants whose sources of money are drying up because of successful military crackdowns. time right now is about five minutes after the hour. brett favre is not coming back, at least that's what he is saying today. rafer weigel with more on that. >> i wish we had a fun graphic
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of like, favre-watch. because it appears it's been coming to a close. been fun covering it. he told the vikings he's not going to play for them. but a lot of people skeptical. >> i've given everything i can possibly give this organization, to the game of football. and i don't think i have got anything left to give. and that's it. >> well, that was a year ago. would he all know what happened then. this time, there was no tearful goodbye, he simply called the vikings' head coach, said he's not coming out of retirement, as many thought he would, especially since he was working out and getting his arm in shape, he didn't think he could physically perform at a top level and seemed to catch a lot of players off guard. and we'll see if it sticks, robin. >> see, if you just want to stay retired, then it would have been a big hubbaboo. >> and he would have had our accolades and adoration. >> he still has it, but it's just kind of fizzled. new this morning, troops
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could leave iraq a little faster than expected. according to the "asoes wanted press" robert gates said one brigade could some out ahead of schedule but did not give a precise timetable. all troops are expected to leave by 2011. divorce can have a lasting effect on your health. a study finds people who are divorced or widowed have 20% more chronic health conditions like heart disease or cancer than married people do. getting remarried reduces health damage, doesn't erase it. but people who never marry tend to be healthier than people who have a history of divorce. >> i don't know what to make of that. if you're happily married -- >> that's an excuse -- i don't want to marry you, because i want to be healthy. >> the old joke, why do husbands always die before their wives. because they want to. >> because they can't put up with her anymore, right? >> that's an old joke, not mine.
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doesn't say much for the people who are happily married like us. look at the rain, heavy at times in dallas toward san antonio, and hopefully get some rain out of this. most likely dries up before it gets to you. that's bad news. look at the rain stretching towards ohio and west virginia seeing at least light rain now. zoom toward the lakeshore of cleveland and you see showers right over you. let me show you the tower cam. your temperature is 73 degrees in cleveland. light rain is out there. also, look at the poor visibility. so you get some delays at airport right here. more thundershowers, and some could be heavy rain makers. the next 48 hours, the heavy rain will stream toward the north. notice the yellow shaded areas north of albany toward the hudson valley. that's 2 to 4 inches of rain that this computer model is ñ generating. might be a little aggressive, but i still think 1 to 2 inches is not out of the realm of possibility. flash flood watches toward north
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jersey. one thing we're watching late today. the thing we're watching for mid afternoon to evening hours, that's severe weather, especially right in front of this cold front, as that channels in energy out of the appellations and develops it into strong thunderstorms today, mainly around jersey and the mid atlantic. could see isolated tornadoes here later this afternoon. heavy downpours also just south of atlanta. look at this rain shield blossoming out of montgomery there is macon later this morning. that is heavy rain. much-needed rain, as well. but most of it falling shy of birmingham, shy of i-20. we need rain around atlanta. we had light showers here, but also has us in a ground stop at the airport. we'll talking about that and a look out west, robin. more record highs from seattle to portland. portland yesterday 105 to 106. extremely hot again today. we'll get to that in a half hour. >> thank you. arsenic, mustard gas, tanning beds? a new study says they may have more in common than you might think! 
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today's salute to troops goes to sergeant benjamin kassau in iraq on his second deployment in two-and-a-half years, and his family wants him to know how much they are missing him. go ahead, guys. >> hi, robin, this is rebecca, and this goes out to my husband, benjamin kassau, and we have a beautiful 4-month-old and 3-year-old and we can't wait for him to come home and see us. we pray for him every day, and he is our hero. and we love him very much. >> so sweet. thank you. if you have somebody in the service, we would be so honored to help you salute them. go to cnn.com/robin. a group of national cancer experts now considers tanning beds as deadly as arsenic. so the world health organization is calling them a probable carcinogen or cause of cancer. new analysis of 20 studies found that people who use tanning beds before they were 30 increased
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their cancer risk by 75%. now, the head of a tanning bed trade association says responsible use has never been linked to skin cancer. there is a new marriage in corporate america, and melissa long is in for jennifer this morning. she is going to tell but this new deal. welcome. >> good morning. this is not about diamonds, this is not about meeting at the alt altal tar. it's about meeting in the boardroom. >> that's much more boring. >> it's a development we want to share with you. -- >> not story, other than a marriage ceremony. >> we have confirmed that yahoo and microsoft have signed a partnership deal. together the two rivals have a better chance of stealing market share with google in the online search world. yahoo has already reportedly agreed to use microsoft's bing search engine technology, but you won't likely notice too much changes on the website. the cash for clunkers
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program is not off, and some people already have the keys. how is this possible? the environmental protection agency was required to meet fuel ratings. the epa review added 76 models b some month longer qualify. here is the story of one guy who traded in a clun kerr. he says the dealer asked him to pay back that $4,500 incentive or return the new car and get his old one back. and president obama wants more of you to get help lowering your mortgage payments. right now, 200,000 people have signed up for government's foreclosure program. many people have complained their mortgage companies aren't responding to phone calls or applications. the treasury department met with industry executives on tuesday to try to standardize the process. they hope to have half a million homeowners in this program, robin, by november.
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okay, melissa, thank you for being up early. she'll be back in a little bit. a twitter post could cost a woman $50,000. >> they're not aware of how much power it has when you do put something out. >> the very expensive lawsuit that might have you thinking twice about your next tweet.
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we're already seeing employers shifting more and more of the costs from the employer to the employee. so we want to make sure that we have done everything we can to contain cost, to squeeze all of the savings we possibly can find out of this very broken, inefficient health care system that we have today. >> well, that was arkansas congressman mike ross, one of the so-called blue dog democrats. they're saying that the president's health care proposal is way too expensive. the debate over the plan broke down again last night. it's going to restart today. the senators are looking for ways to save on medicare, but the congressional budget office says the house bill will cost $1 trillion over ten years. more now on our top story. there is a manhunt going on
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right now for a suspected terrorist from north carolina. he is one of eight people suspected of planning an attack. correspondent richard lui is digging deeper for you. let's talk about the allegations against these men. >> yes, we have a copy of the indictment here, 14 pages long. from what i've heard in it, it makes no reference to a direct threat against the united states. it does claim, though, that the group stock piled high-powered weapons and went to private land in north carolina to practice military tactics, but the wife of the alleged ring leader told cnn, her husband was just helping her sons with marksmanship. >> one of the merit badges they use to become an eagle scout, and so it wouldn't be beyond the pale for him to take them out and do target practice. it's not unusual. >> now, she says they have an ordinary family, robin, and is asking the public not to rush to judgment right now. >> you know, this all went down in a rural community just outside of raleigh, north
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carolina. i think for a lot of people, you don't suspect, oh, there is going to be an alleged terrorist here. so they call them -- are these cases of alleged home-ground terrorists becoming more common? >> well, federal officials say they're increasingly concerned about u.s.-spread extremists who travel abroad for terror training and quietly return back to the united states where they may be dormado dormant for year. we have seen two cases just within the past week. authorities arrested a long island native who lived in this home. they say he converted to islam and traveled to pakistan and afghanistan to train with al qaeda operatives. then on monday, as you might remember, virginia man got life in prison for joining al qaeda and planning to assassinate then president george w. bush. thank you. a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over a tweet she posted about her former landlord. now, her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the company says its good name
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was damaged. a spokesperson said it discovered the tweet when it was preparing to defend itself against a separate lawsuit from the renter. you know, the story got us thinking about the stuff you say online. do you think, should someone be able to sue over a tweet or a blog comment or should you be able to write whatever you want? sean in new jersey says, people have been sued for statements made in newspapers and magazines. why would a tweet or facebook comment be any different? and laura in pennsylvania texted, what happened to free speech? using your social networking is no different than saying it while talking to your friends over lunch. now, we give you the news, you give us your views. these two did a very good job. text your comments to hlntv. that is 45688. you do have to start your text with "robin" or it's not going to come to us. an nfl player is going to have his say in court today. plaxico burress is looking at possible jail time. remember this story?
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for shooting himself in the thigh. rafer? >> and robin, this guy was the hero of the super bowl a year-and-a-half ago. well, today, a grand jury looking into deciding his fate. he's looking at felony gun charges and could go to jail for three years. his lawyer says at 10:00 eastern, burress will testify in front of the grand jury to give his side of the story. legal experts are saying this is an unusual move, but burress's attorney says he wants to do this after the d.a. has been talking about the case to a local newspaper. and phil mickelson is coming back after both his wife and mother recover from breast cancer surgery. remember, phil took some time off to be with his family after both the women were diagnosed with the disease. but he says things are going very well and he is excited to play in the wgc bridgestone invitation in akron, ohio next week. wish him well. time for wackiness. it is the summer tough guy competition. the 12th edition. this is not in chicago, but england. around 3,000 competitors over a
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6-mile course. that pond there had leeches in it. reports say about 27 people were treated at a local hospital. the winner gets the title of tough guy. >> that's all. >> that's all. and hopefully medical bills are covered, although proceeds do go to charity. and check out this crazy race, if that's not crazy enough. >> two, one! go for it! >> these boats are made out of card board and duct tape and that's it. they don't seem to be too mobile. i-reporter jeff consler says this happens every year. >> i want to watch the video. you tell us how to be an i-reporter. >> if you want to send us stuff, go to cnn.com/robin and learn how you can become an i-reporter as well. >> i'm amazed more haven't sunk. oh-oh, somebody is down. >> i'm out of here.
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>> airport security didn't like what a boy was trying to bring home from disney world. you might be surprised what he could not get past the screeners.
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authorities are looking for an eighth member of an alleged north carolina terror group. they say that the suspects plan to, quote, violent jihad overseas. several were arrested monday on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. iran is putting some protesters on trial. these are people who were locked up after the recent presidential election. a state news agency says that about 20 protesters will be put on trial this weekend. but that may be only the beginning. the agency says that the people who ordered the rallies will be tried later. next stop is the full senate for judge sonia sotomayor. the judiciary committee has approved her nomination to the supreme court. the 13-6 vote was mostly down
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party lines. at least five gop senators have said they'll vote for her, making sotomayor's confirmation nearly certain. well, look at you, morning glory. 30 minutes past the hour on wednesday. i'm robin meade. welcome. swine flu has apparently found its way to capitol hill. the senator, sergeant at arms said six pages are sick with what might be the h1n1 virus. all are high school-age. none of the pages was hospitalized. and two were nearly recovered. they could be back to work tomorrow if they're cleared by their doctors. we told you about searches yesterday at the home and the office of michael jackson's doctor in las vegas. well, a source tells our sister network, cnn that doctor conrad murray gave jackson propofol in the 24 hours before his death. murray's attorney says the doctor never gave anymore anything that should have killed him. sanjay gupta takes you inside the operating room right now to
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see how fast that drug works. >> 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. >> well, the patient stopped breathing shortly after he was given the drug, and they had to put in a breathing tube. that is part of the danger of the drug, and why doctors say it should only be used in the hospital. by the way, the patient is fine now, is awake and had no complications. happening today, homeland security secretary janet that pal tanno announced police will be getting millions more stimulus money to hire more cops. that's according to "the new york times." it comes a day after the nypd found out it wasn't getting any stimulus cash from the justice department. napolitano will also give a speech to prevent terror attacks in the united states. we're getting more details
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about a group of suspected terrorists -- let me start again. a group of suspected terrorists arrested in north carolina. now, authorities say that this man, daniel patrick boyd, is the ring leader. correspondent richard lui, good morning to you. what do we know about this guy? >> morning, robin. authorities are saying 39-year-old boyd is a u.s. citizen and the son of a marine. he worked as a drywall contractor in a rural town outside raleigh, north carolina. but investigators also believe his roots are deep in terrorism. according to court documents, boyd trained in terrorist camps in pakistan, he fought against the soviets in afghanistan. of that goes back to the early '90s. >> you know, boyd's arrest, i would imagine, really shook up the quiet community right outside of raleigh, north carolina, where he lived. >> you're right, robin. and people who know boyd describe him as a quiet, family-oriented man. as one person put it, if he's a terrorist, he's the nicest terrorist i ever met in my life.
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boyd's wife says she is proud of him and her sons who were also arrested. she also maintained their innocence. take a listen. >> i know that my husband and my son are free of guilty, and i'm hopeful that that -- the truth will come to light. >> robin, she described them as an ordinary family, and has asked the public to withhold judgment right now. >> she's apparently going through a lot, you would think, because she has two sons and a husband who are arrested. thank you. a 4-year-old girl had to go to the hospital after eating candy tainted with oxycontin. the girl was going home with her family from the tampa airport when she got sick after eating skittles. authorities say the bag had several pills in it, and was probably opened and resealed by somebody. airplane officials say they have not carried these particular blue bag skittles in months. >> april was the last time it was on the shelf. so that day that product was not on the shelves here at the
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airport. if it the child picked up a product someplace else, on a bench or whatever, we can't answer that right now. >> well, authorities say that none of the skittles pulled from the airport contained drugs. wrigley, which makes the canty, says that it's helping out with the investigation. the little girl has been released from the hospital. let me give you a time check. 35 minutes past the hour, and you tell me. are you on time today? we will tell you what kind of -- where, will probably be appropriate. here is bob van dillen. >> hopefully a rain jacket in san antonio, and austin, too. you desperately need the rain, so far blind with the deficit. getting a squall line out of saint anglo, drifting toward san antonio. notice the leading edge beginning to buzz off because of the high pressure with dry air over there. might squeeze a shower or two toward san antonio in toward waco, and low clouds and rain
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around fort worth with one thunderstorm over the south and one over the red river toward oklahoma. up to the north, look at the squall line across south dakota, trying to get going toward nebraska. also, that's a waive of low pressure, nice energy package driving to the south. a couple thunderstorms around colorado, and also western kentucky or kansas. that whole thing refires later today, especially around that frontal boundary. slight chance of severe thunderstorms for the lower plains. parts of the rocky mountains, too. so that's going to be later this afternoon. out west, it's going to be hot again today, but not as hot as it was yesterday for areas around phoenix. you still have that heat advisory, the heat warning. but that's for this morning's temperatures. it's going to be about 89 degrees right now. phoenix, only a high of 108 today. here's what it looks like in phoenix. let me show you what it looks like. talk about a gorgeous sunrise. yesterday, about 1:15, 1:16 around the area, today, 108. it's 89 currently, so that's a break. you haven't seen the 80s in
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quite some time. but you're going to get a hot temperature again across oregon and washington state. easily 100 to 105. even around seattle, robin, a high today about 100 degrees. that's what i'm forecasting for them. >> did you see the light change there? >> yes. >> i thought it was a nice, blue, purple sunrise and suddenly it's orange. >> any way you look at t it's gorgeous, robin. . >> why would a rat turn blue? you're going to hear about blue food dye injected in rats and an experiment that might help heal spinal cord injuries.
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that guy has such a great voice, doesn't he? a close relative of the food dye that makes blue m&ms blue could also be a treatment for spinal cord injuries. researchers at the university of rochester gave rats a dose of the die, and it helped block inflammation that injuries a spine. it also turned the rats blue, however. the only notable side effect. tests in people are still years away. let's check out some of the headlines in the papers today. a big story in the "chicago tribune." the details of a 26-year-old case stunned a courtroom yesterday. a man pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old janine nicarico. 82 gay men have been killed in iraq since december, according to a gay and lesbian activist group. officials blame the killings on
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militant groups like al qaeda. and new york city is helping homeless people with one-way tickets to their original home. new york spends half a million dollars a year on the program. so far, it's paid for more than 550 families to leave the city. big ceo paychecks have outraged many of you. now a house committee has passed a so-called say on pay bill that would put those paychecks up for a vote. who would get to vote, melissa long in for jennifer westhoven? >> good morning, robin. the shareholders would have the power to vote. as robin mentioned, before lawmakers in washington, d.c. right now. now, the bill would not set pay limits. shareholders, any publicly traded company would get a vote how much their executives should make in salary and bonus. it would be nonbinding, but it could pressure company management. now, this would not be a first. the uk and australia and sweden
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already embraced this concept, as well as companies like aflac and verizon. and could be on the president's desk by the fall. we have confirmed that the rivals, yahoo and microsoft have now signed a partnership deal so together these two companies have a better chance of stealing some market share away from google in the online search world. yahoo has also reportedly agreed to use microsoft's bing search engine technology, but you won't likely notice too many changes on their website. and nearly -- excuse me. not increase that. nearly 3.4 million jobs have already been lost in the first half of 2009. but here's some good news in a bad economy. new research shows one in five laid off employees are getting retired. yes, rehired by their old employers. experts say some companies are realizing they laid off too many people at the height of economic crisis. the firm that's been conducting this research has former
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employees know how the company works, and they're able to jump back into the work quickly. so even more reason, robin, to keep good ties with your former employer, former colleagues, and not to burn bridges. >> yeah. because in most cases here, you're getting laid off not because they want to lay you off, but because they have to. >> exactly. >> thank you. micha michael phelps last a major race for the first time in years. why some are blaming the swimsuit.
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california finally has a budget, but a lot of people are not very happy with it. governor schwarzenegger signed the plan yesterday, but he made democratic lawmakers really upset when he used his line item veto power to make deeper cuts in some social programs. schwarzenegger says the state just cannot afford it right now. >> just heartless. it's like feeding off the weak. >> that's why you don't see us celebrating like we usually have a budget-signing celebration. we don't celebrate today, because those cuts are nothing to celebrate about.
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>> well, democrats are threatening to block the governor's political agenda for the rest of his term. former secretary of state colin powell says some republicans won't publicly disagree with rush limbaugh because his radio show has a lot of fans. last night on "larry king live" powell said republicans need to speak up when limbaugh gets too extreme. >> i can handle his criticism. the problem i'm having with the party right now is when he says things that i consider to be, you know, completely outrageous. and i respond to it. i would like to see other members of the party do likewise. >> well, powell and limbaugh have been in a verbal dual in recent months because they have different views for the future of the republican party, apparently. a chicago woman is being sued for 50,000 bucks over something that she tweeted about her former landlord. her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the company says its good name was damaged. a spokesperson says that discovered the tweet when
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preparing to defend itself from a separate lawsuit from the renter. let me ask you. what do you think? should someone be able to sue over a tweet or a blog comment or something you texted? or should you be able to write good and well whatever you want? andrew in orange city, florida e-mailed this. anything that can be recorded and/or written can be used as basis for liable. if you truly have something bad to say or bad opinions, say it to the person on the other side of the mirror. otherwise you reap what you tweet. another viewer sent this text in. anything posted on twitter should be viewed the same as an overheard conversation in a bar or tavern between friends. text your comment to hlntv. that is 45688. start your message with my name robin, or we're not going to get it. if you're an e-mailer, you can go to cnn.com/robin, and there is a button that says contact us. michael phelps had a big loss, but some are wondering, is it michael, or is it his
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swimsuit? a swimsuit? >> well, robin, right now, swimming has become like that brady bunch episode when greg becomes johnnie braffo because he fits the suit. anything? you read the news while my mind is filled with top-culture minut minutia. this was phelps' first individual loss in many years, and to his credit, he didn't blame the suit, only himself. the guy he lost to, paul biedermann of germany, was wearing a newer suit. supposedly cuts down on more drag than phelps' speeder laser. biedermann not only beat phelps, but smashed his record. all of this will be a moot point or a moot point -- all high-tech swim suits will be banned in 2010. fell himself is happy about that. shaquille o'neal turned away at the white house, according to his twitter page. the big man was in d.c. and tweeted he was planning on stopping by white house and that he was a little outraged over being turned away. >> you can't just stop by!
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>> shaq, i'm sorry, you're not quite important enough to just show up at the white house and say, auto, can barack obama come out and play? >> i don't know if anyone can just show up at the white house. >> maybe oprah could just stop by. speaking of tweeter, the winningest coach, 81-year-old joe paterno of penn state, not a fan. >> you guys call them twiddle-do, twiddle-de, i haven't the slightest idea what you're looking at. send me a love letter, will you? >> send me what? >> a love letter. he speaks for a lot of my relatives. and lastly, we have an amazing catch from a fan. carlos ruiz files this off, and the fan not only catches it, but didn't drop what he is holding. wait until you see what he is holding. his child! my wife was outraged when she saw this. my hat is off to you, sir, he gave the ball to his son. >> i did wonder about mom and whether she was upset about
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that. brett favre made a decision on whether he was going to be playing football. we'll have that in a few minutes. >> finally. thank you. there is a new way to >> finally. there is a way to buy brand new stuff you use every day. clark howard tells you about a new web site where you can save time and money. >> do you know something? americans are johnny come latelies when it comes to buying name brands from the supermarket. it was reported recently in the quarter report that more than one in three items bought in the store were store brands. well, the brand-name manufacturers are hurting that the big retailers pushed their private store brands more and more. they're looking for a way to reach you. now there is a new web site called alice.com. go check it out if you buy even
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just some brand names, because you can buy those brand names at alice.com, especially right now, cheaper than i've been able to find them anywhere else. you go there, you register, you get all kinds of instant on-line coupons, instant savings, and you buy the same brand names you already bought. i'm clark howard for more ways for you to get big deals. go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern on saturdays and sundays right here on hln. there is a warning about some nutritional supplements this morning. the fda says you should not take body-building products that contain or claim to contain steroids or steroid-like substances. it says the products actually contain synthetic steroids that have not been approved and are neither effective or safe. the fda says there are reports
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from people getting very sick from some of these products. you can get more details at cnn.com/robin. get this, swindler bernie madoff got some kudos from his lawyer?
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good morning! there you are. look at you. raring to go, aren't you? i'm teasing because i know you're in your jammys. stl there is a manhunt on right now for a suspended terrorist out of north carolina. find out what federal agents were looking for from michael jackson's doctor. a woman shared feelings about her apartment on twitter, and now it may end up costing her big-time. authorities are looking for an eight-member alleged north
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carolina terrorist group. seven others were arrested in raleigh on monday on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. one member said the group's alleged ringleader has a long history of going to war for his beliefs. >> in 1989 to 1992, he volunteered against the soviets who had occupied afghanistan, and he volunteered and trained with the afghan holy warriors. but he was interviewed with the washington post in 1991 where he called the u.s. a kufar or infidel country. he even in dodoctrinated his ow kids to carry out juhad. >> we're learning about this group through court daumocument. richard lui has been looking
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through them. we'll have more on that in 15 minutes. the dea says investigators looked for computer records and documents at dr. conrad murray's home in las vegas, an office there yesterday. check out video of murray outside his home after the search. remember, a source told our sister network, cnn, that murray gave jackson the anesthetic propofyl, in the 24 hours before jackson died. dr. murray said he never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. >> propofyl, if that was what was in michael jackson's system, if dr. murray can be proven to give him that in his home, which is against all protocol. it's supposed to be in a hospital, the patient is supposed to be monitored at all times, then i think he is in legal jeopardy because that is beyond what any medical professional what recommend. >> a source tells cnn that final
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toxicology and autopsy reports on michael jackson's death will be released next week. earlier the l.a. coroner's office said those reports might be released this week. swine flu might be even worse for women who are pregnant. that is new this morning from the cdc. it says 6% of the h1n1 deaths that it investigated were among pregnant women. apparently pregnancy causes changes in the immune system that can make the illness worse. it is suggested that pregnant women with the virus take anti-viral drugs. they think cambridge police and harvard professor henry gates could have handled gates' arrest a lot better. on larry king live, he said the police escalated the situation beyond reasonable level but that professor gates should have been more patient. >> there is no african-american in this country who has not been exposed to this kind of situation. do you get angry? yes. do you manifest that anger?
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you protest, you try to get things fixed, but it's kind of a better course of action to take it easy and don't let your anger make the current situation worse. >> well, powell also said that he has been a victim of racial pro filing, including when he was a national security advisor to president reagan. gates and sergeant james crowley, the officer who made the arrest, will meet with president obama at the white house tomorrow. brett favre is not coming back, at least that's what he's saying today. here's rafer with more on that. we have waited for this decision all summer. >> i know, what are we going to talk about now? you know, robin, some people necessarily aren't buying into this, although it does appear we're at the end of an era again. favre did tell the vikings, not coming outd of retirement. folks in wisconsin not buying it because -- well, remember this moment. >> i've given everything i can possibly give to this organization, the game of football, and i don't think i
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got anything left to give, and that's it. >> and that, of course, was a year ago. you remember what happened after that. this time no press conference, no tearful goodbye. favre who had been working out this summer at a high school in mississippi simply called the vikings and said thanks, but no thanks, and the announcement seemed to catch some players off guard. they just want to move forward, robin. let's see if it stays this way. happening right now, home land security secretary janet napolitano will announce that the new york city police will be getting millions in stimulus money to hire more cops. it comes a day after the nypd found out it wasn't getting any stimulus cash from the justice department. five minutes after the hour. is there any worse feeling than a really muggy day and it's raining on top of that? that's what i call warm weathor.
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t the worms come out. >> i'm not sure what that smell it, but you can smell it. there's just going to be a solid sheath developing. you need the rain here in southern texas, in austin, san antonio, brownsville. galveston, you're not going to see much. it's coming, but give it some time. decent shield of rain coming out from ken keb tucky to the ohio valley. virginia mountains, too. it's getting to west pa. pittsburgh, you had the rain here now. it picks up in intensity. you have morning rain in detroit. you might see a pop-up shower later today, but i think the bulk will get over toward the
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east. let me take you live to new york city, because it's foggy and we have a lot of travel issues. midtown manhattan, you can barely see it. across the river, there's a delay of about 45 minutes. we'll talk about that in about a half hour. just a rough-looking tough start. it doesn't even feel like summer when you get towards new york. more on that in about a half hour. >> it's been a cool one. >> cool, buffalo and everywhere. why would a rat turn blue? you're going to hear about blue food dye injected in the rats makes them blue, but there is a scientific benefit about spinal cord injuries. ÷÷xzú@
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today's salute to troops goes to sergeant benjamin kasau. he's been in afghanistan for the second time in two years.
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>> hi, robin, this is rebekkah kasau. this salute goes out to benjamin kassaw. we can't wait for him to come home to us. he's our hero and we love him very much. >> very sweet. if you have someone in the service you want to salute, go to cnn.com/robin. very good. a close relative of the food dye that makes blue mnms blue could help. they gave rats some of the dye and it helped block the spinal cord. a new study shows that people who are divorced or widowed have 20% more chronic health conditions, like heart
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disease or cancer, than married people do. getting remarried reduces the health damage but it doesn't erase it. also people who never marry tend to be healthier than people with a history of divorce. new this morning, microsoft and yahoo have finalized a partnership deal. what does it mean for you? melissa long is in for jennifer. why are the long-time rivals teaming up? >> they want to mount a rival, robin. they're teaming up because they want to challenge google. the ten-year deal gives microsoft access to the second largest search engine audience. they are also licensed to use bing.com. in turn, yahoo will get to sell premium ads on both sites. the deal is about a year and a half in the making. clearly not overnight. the cash for clunkers program has hit a roadblock. people find out they're not eligible after they get the keys to the car. the environmental protection
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agency has required the fuel emission gets recalculated. they added 67 models to the program, but some don't qualify. in several cases, they're off by one gallon. one dealer asked him to pay back the $4500 incentive or return his new vehicle and give the old one back. maybe you like austin powers? how about owning the cry owe general i can chamber? they're all up for auction. yes, 2009 has been a strong year at the box office, but tax breaks and incentives in other states are luring hollywood productions away to other states, so he is forced to make some tough business decisions. one of the items that's up for grabs, bob, is the rattan
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furniture from the show "golden girls." would you like to have it in your living room? >> no. but the cryogenics chamber, yeah. big-time delay in san francisco. right now it's an hour and 15 minutes. that's because of low clouds coming in. new york, liberty, jersey, you're looking at a 45-minute delay because of the low clouds. here's what it looks like on flights coming in from pennsylvania, detroit. unfortunately, it's over the big cities across the east. philly, d.c., atlanta and over to dallas, one-hour delays. boston, charlotte, more thunder showers coming in. fog delays more than an hour now. apparently you could wind up
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in court over 140 characters. how one woman tweeted her way to a $50,000 lawsuit!
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. more details now on that group of suspended terrorists from north carolina. federal authorities have seven men in custody. they're still looking for an eighth. they say that members of the group travel to places like israel and kosovo with the intent of raging jihad. richard lui is digging deeper into the story for us. first of all, how did this unfold? do we know and do we know why right now? >> good morning to you, robin. monday is when this all came to a head. that's when more than 100 law enforcement officials, including four swat teams, stormed boyd homes and they picked up two suspects. authorities are not saying how they learned of the alleged conspiracy. you see boyd, the suspended ringleader, and they've been watching him for three years. if convicted, the men could face life in prison. they're expected back in court tomorrow. the town this went down in,
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willow spring, north carolina. for most people, i don't think they would say, oh, this is a place we could have home-grown terrorists. >> not a hotbed. we've got a copy of the indictment, we've been going through it this morning, and one claim it makes is that the group stockpiled weapons over the past year, but the wife of the alleged ringleader says he was only responding to news reports that guns and ammunition were becoming scarce. >> we'll say we do have -- we do own guns in our home as our constitutional right allows us, and i don't think there is a crime in that. >> authorities also claim that boyd and one of his sons traveled to israel to wage holy war, but boyd's wife, who we just listened to there, she says they just wanted to pray in jerusalem for another son who had died in a car crash, robin. >> richard, thank you. a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over something she tweeted about. she posted about her former
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landlord. she accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. they say their reputation has been tarn i should. let me ask you, should someone be able to sue over a tweet or a blog comment or something texted, or should you be able to write whatever you darn well please. one said, if news organizations can use blog, tweet, et cetera, as a source, then why can't people sue or be fired over them? they know these become public domain once you hit send. and mike in michigan says, blogging and sweeting are very similar to journalism and has to be responsible and backed up with facts. text your comments to hlntv. that is 45688. start your message with my name
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robin, and there will be no suing. an nfl player is going to have a day in court today. plaxico burris is looking at possible jail time for shooting himself in the thigh. remember this? hi, rafer. >> good morning, robin. this man was a hero in the superbowl a year and a half ago. now he's going to basically go and plead with a grand jury who is going to decide his fate. hez facing gun charges and possibly three years in jail. in less than an hour, burris will go in front that far jury to giff his story. this is a bit of an unusual move. normally they don't go testify in front of the grand jury, but burris' attorney said he wanted to do this after the d.a. talked about it to a local newspaper. he phil mickelson is coming back after wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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he says both his wife and son are doing well. it's the tough guy competition. actually, this was in england, the 12th edition. over 3,000 competitors over a six-mile course with obstacles, like a big pond filled with leaches. 27 people were treated at a hospital, maybe for hypothermia, maybe the guy without a shirt could have closed himself. i admire what they did, i couldn't do it. money goes to charity. this is our ireport of the day. >> i like this a lot. >> these are boats made out of cardboard and duct tape and that's it. they don't appear to be terribly buoyant or mobile. this is from ireporter jeff hossler. he says it happens every year in
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ohio. the winner gets a coveted duct tape trophy. i guess that's our winner. he's not getting very far. >> no one is dunked in the water that i can see. >> if you want to be an ireporter go to cnn.com/robin to learn how you can. that's sports. >> it seems you need to cover the entire boat in duct tape. >> that's true. here's some of the stories we're watching already today in the morning express planner at 11:55 a.m. eastern. president obama is trying to sell the public on his health care reform. then we're going to hear the 911 call from the woman who made the call on professor henry louis gates. and a town meeting in
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brist bristol, virginia. someone who put up highway signs may need to brush up on their spelling.
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the new york stock exchange, ta da, it is open for business. t microsoft and yahoo teaming up. a live report from new york is less than five minutes away. authorities are looking for an eighth member now of an alleged north carolina terror group. they say the suspects plan to, quote, violent jihad overseas. seven were arrested yesterday in a conspiracy to commit murder abroad. they have approved the nomination to the supreme court
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for sonia sotomayor. at least five gop senators have said they will vote for her, making sotomayor's confirmation nearly certain. iran is putting some protestors on trial. these are people who are locked up after the recent presidential election. a state news agency says that about 20 protestors will be put on trial this weekend, but thatp may be only the beginning. the agency says the people who ordered the rallies will be tried later. those are some of the day's top stories. 31 minutes past the hour on a sleepy wednesday. morning, sunshine, i'm robin meade. we told you about the searches yesterday at the home and office of michael jackson's doctor in las vegas. now a source tells our sister network, cnn, that dr. conrad murray allegedly gave jackson profofyl in the 24 hours before jackson's death. he said he never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. dr. sanjay gupta takes you
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inside the operating room to show you how fast that drug works. >> 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. >> well, the patient stopped breathing shortly after he was given the drug and they had to put a breathing tube in. it's part of the danger of the drug, which is why a doctor says it should only be used in the hospital. by the way, that patient is doing fine. he's awake and has no complications. a group of international experts say they consider tanning beds as deadly as arsenic, so the world health organization is declaring them a probable carcinogen or cause of cancer. people who used tanning beds before they were 30 increased their cancer risk by 75%. the head of a tanning bed trade association says responsible use has never been linked to skin cancer. new this morning, word from the secretary of defense said
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troops could lead iraq a little faster than expected. according to the associated press, robert gates says one combat brigade, about 5,000 troops, could come out of iraq ahead of schedule. he did not give a precise time schedule. all troops are expected to leave iraq by the year 2011. gates visited troops in iraq yesterday. a four-year-old girl had to go to the hospital after she ate candy tainted with ox i konts in? the girl was going home with her family from the tampa airport after she got sick from eating skittles. authorities say the bag had several pills in it and was probably opened and resealed by somebody. airport officials say they have not carried these particular blue bag skittles in months. >> april was the last time it was on the shelf, so that day that product was not on the shelves here at the airport. if the child picked up the product somewhere else, we can't answer that right now. >> well, authorities say none of the skittles pulled from the
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airport contained drugs. wrigley, which makes the candy, says it's helping out with the investigation. the girl has been released from the hospital. 33 minutes past the hour. i have bob on assignment to watch out for when the storms are coming in. how about where you live? let's find out when it's going. >> when it's going is going to be better, robin. we're talking about the pacific northwest right now. look at these temperatures for today. heat warnings, all the spots we put in red from the puget sound all the way down in towards oregon. temperatures today 100 to 105. let me take you live to seattle. you broke a record at the airport for seatac. your high today in downtown seattle, going for an even 100 degrees as the high pressure continues to build. sinking air compresses and eats up pretty quickly. you'll see 100 today, 100 tomorrow. by the weekend it starts getting a little cooler. 82 the high on saturday. so if you can get through today
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and tomorrow, saturday is the transition for you. the weekend looks much better. oregon 108. salem 107 in oregon. seattle at seatac 97 degrees. looking for high temperature above that by 3:00, maybe 4:00. out of kentucky, comes into the ohio area, too. that whole rain shield stretching into the northeast, and into the next couple hours, it's going to build in intensity. rain moving away across central michigan right now. watch where it goes in the next 48 hours, this yellow stripe. that's about 3 or 4 inches of rain, according to this computer model. calling for as much as 1 to 2 implgz inches of rain for the hudson valley. lower vermont, parts of new hampshire, too. if you're traveling up here today, watch for big thunderstorms from basically philly, d.c., all wathe way int
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new york city, maybe boston. we'll get more into that in about a half hour. >> thank you. on wall street, it's a double dose of good housing news, but today a broader reading on the economy isn't so hot. susan lisovicz is at the new york stock exchange with a look at how it's going to affect trading. good morning. >> good morning, robin. you and i are seeing yellow, but wall street is seeing red, unfortunately, as stocks open lower. a new report showing orders for big ticket items plunged 2.5% last month. a weak demand for commercial aircraft and cars. it appears microsoft in the meantime has finally convinced yahoo they have a better chance of challenging google together rather than separately. the partnership is for ten years and doesn't include any money exchange. instead, microsoft and yahoo's
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search platform says advertising will be integrated. we'll see how they do together. the wall street journal says u. u.s. steel called back 800 workers this month. u.s. steel, its prices are firming. it sees shipments increasing this quarter even though it continues to operate at a loss. perhaps that's the mentality of sears. sears is returning to the toy business after a decade-long hiatus. sears is opening toy shops at 20 of its locations next month. they were known for their christmas wish book but stopped selling toys after competition with walmart wrapped up. they started advertising in july. >> they put up decorating rooms, right? the christmas tree -- >> yeah, and they're getting into toys in a big way, so
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they're mixing things up and hoping consumers will respond. but it's tough to go against walmart. they can really mark things down. >> but i can see how people, maybe they would decide not to go to a store that didn't have toys, too, because they want to get a whole bunch of christmas shopping done. if they have the toys, you can get everything done. >> get them through the door and then they'll buy something else. that's the hope, anyway. >> thank you, dear. appreciate it. dozens of people on a cab sized boat had to cling to whatever they could to survive. it turns out what saved them also caused the disaster. a
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in a massive corruption
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investigation has resigned. an attorney representing dennis elwill of secaucus says it doesn't mean his client is guilty. people in the town reacted to the news. >> i'm glad he resigned. it was the best thing he could have did. >> he's in a tough situation. we just wish him well, you know. >> i don't think he can govern under that cloud of suspicion. i'm very happy, and i think it's the best thing for all of secaucus. >> meanwhile, a political consultant arrested in the same investigation was found dead at his home last night. a prosecutor says it's unclear how jack shaw died but that it wasn't homicide. 44 people were arrested last week for allegedly taking bribz. research shows one in five old workers are getting rehired by their old boss. some companies are realizing they laid off too many people at the height of the economic crisis, so now they're rehiring former employees for consulting
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or project work. dozens of haitian mig rants were found clinging to whatever they could in rough seize. their boat capsized on monday. they rescued more than 100 people and recovered at least nine bodies. one man was floating on a piece of debris. others were holding onto the coral reef. some even slammed two miles to the shore. as many as 80 people are still missing. a chicago woman is being sued for $50,000 over a tweet she posted about her former landlord. her tweet accused her landlord of renting her a moldy apartment. the landlord says his reputation has been damaged. some regular twitter users say they tweet with caution. >> sometimes a lot of people, they're not aware of how much power it has when you do put something out. once it's out, you can't take it
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back. >> i don't always sensor what i put out. i wouldn't put anything about a job interview recently or anything about boyfriends or people i dislike. >> smart move. so should someone be able to sue over a tweet or a blog comment? what do you think? well, jen in new york e mailed, comments publicly broadcast on social networking sites or on blogs should not be considered the same as a conversation overheard in a social setting since its reach is global. another texted, the thing folks fail to realize about our freedom of speech is it only protects us up to a point, usually when we start to trample the rights of others. and janet in michigan e mailed, whatever happened to freedom of speech? do you sue somebody because they gossiped about you in the break room? this country has become so
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litigious. send your comments to 45688. richard, it sounds crass. >> listen to the details here. what the city is doing is buying plane tickets for homeless families to keep them out of the shelter system there. we're going to get your responses. please send us an e-mail. go to cnn.com/robin and tell us what you think about that. also in 15 minutes, the group of alleged terrorists arrested in north carolina, the ringleader's family says he's a nice guy. a fetus was taken from a pregnant woman, and now authorities are searching for her baby, robin. there is a way to buy grand-name products of things you use every day. clark howard tells us about a web site where you can save time and money.
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>> do you know something? americans are johnny come latelies to the idea of buying store brands in the supermarket, but a little bit of recession goes a long way. kroger, the nation's second largest supermarket chain, reported recently in their quarterly report that more than one in three items bought in the store were store brand. the brand manufacturers are hurting because the big retailers push their store brands more and more. they're looking for a way to reach you. now there is a new web site. it's an experiment called alice.com. go check it out if you buy even just some brand names because you can buy those brand names at alice.com, especially right now, cheaper than i've been able to find them anywhere else. you go there, you register, you get all kinds of instant on-line coupons, instant savings, and you buy the same brand names you already bought. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to get big
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deals, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern on saturdays and sundays right here on hln. when you're talking about splits at a swim meet, it usually means time in the pool. one split has a whole lot of people talking about the swimwear. uh-oh!
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lawmakers will push for a bill today to ban texting while you're driving. it's one day after a study we told you about who found drivers who text while they're on the road are much more likely to have an accident than an undistracted driver. the proposed legislation would prohibit any driver from sending text or e-mail messages while they're at the wheel. lawyers hope a jailhouse interview with bernie madoff will mean more money can be returned to his victims. attorneys representing some of the victims talked to madoff for about four hours yesterday. yikes. madoff revealed details about how he pulled off the ponzi scheme for so many years without getting caught. >> i was very surprised at how
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candid and open he was, but on the other hand, if you're doing 150 years in a federal prison, you don't have a lot of options, other than to be candid and open. >> well, cotchett is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the victims and hopes yesterday's interview will allow him to name more defendants, which in turn could help him find more money that can be returned. okay, so michael phelps had a shocking loss, but some are wondering, was it his swimsuit? here's rafer with more on that. >> well, the loss was so shocking that a lot of people are sort of having trouble with that, but it is a legitimate debate, robin, because the swimsuit debate is sort of out of control off phelps' first major individual loss in four years. to his credit, he's only blaming himself. the guy he lost to in the 200 free, paul biederman in jerm my, he's on the right, is wearing
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one of the new fangled suits. there's phelps' mom shaking her head in disgust. shaquille o'neal was turned away at the white house, according to his twitter page. the big man was in the big capital and went to the big house and knocked on the door and tweeted that he was planning on stopping by and then was a little outraged over being turned away. i'm sorry, shaq, but you are not quite important enough to show up at the white house and go, "this is shaquille o'neal. can barack obama go out and play"? >> no one could do that. >> you could. joe paterno, penn state coach, not a fan of the twitter. >> twiddle do, twiddle dee. i don't have the slightest idea -- send me a love letter, will ya? >> send me a love letter, will
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ya? an amazing catch from the fan. carlos ruiz fouls it it off, watch the fan grab it without dropping what he was holding. thank god he didn't drop what he was holding that is his son, i hope. probably a relative. my hat's off to you, sir, you bare-handed an keep your son intact that is big league. brett favre made a decision on whether he is going to play football. we will have that in 15 minutes. robin? >> all right. thanks. bobby, good morning. >> good morning. >> how are travelers faring today? >> pretty badly, unfortunately. we have some stuff coming on in through new york, show you the tower cam right now. pretty rough. that is not the beginning of scooby-doo, right? looking at bad visibility issues, newark, across the river, the hudson, hour delay. laguardia, half-hour delay. atlanta, half hour, same with dallas. more details, but the east coast from atlanta northward will see pretty long delays. get that in a half hour.
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>> thank you. airport security didn't like what a little boy was trying to bring home from disney. you might surprised what he could not get past the screeners.
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